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Pelvic Instability: What Pilates Instructors Need to Know, with Raphael Bender and Cloe Bunter

Episode 47:

Pelvic Instability: What Pilates Instructors Need to Know

On the show today, we’re talking about pelvic instability and why pelvic instability is simply not a thing. Learn why despite all the noise around the topic in the Pilates realm, you don’t have to worry about pelvic instability for yourself, and you don’t need to worry about it for your clients — including your prenatal clients. Encouraging cultural change in the fitness community is a passion of ours, and on the podcast this week, we’re spreading the truth and busting the myth of pelvic instability.

What You Will Learn:

  • Why the myth of pelvic instability is so hard to shake
  • Why pelvic pain is not correlated with the amount of movement at your pelvic joints
  • If you have pain in a specific movement, it doesn’t mean that there’s damage or physical danger
  • Why buying into the idea of pelvic instability, particularly in peri-natal clients, can be damaging
  • It’s ok to do splits, lunges, and stretches when pregnant

Evidence-Based Pilates Practice

Pilates consistently incorporates scientific evidence, but sometimes there is a lag in incorporating new evidence into practice, which kept Pilates instructors looking for pelvic instability treatments. We unpack the anatomy and the biomechanics of the concept of an unstable pelvis and explore the connotations of having someone believe they have an unstable pelvis.

Pregnant People and Pelvic Pain

The three joints of the pelvis, the left and right sacroiliac joints and the symphysis pubis, are affected by additional relaxin in pregnancy. It binds to receptors on ligaments throughout the body and triggers chemical changes that result in the ligaments temporarily becoming more flexible. As a result, pregnant people do have more flexible joints, and it is more common for people to have pain during pregnancy than when they’re not pregnant, but the relaxing of the ligaments is not the cause of pelvic pain.

Movement Misconceptions

We want to inspire, empower and shine a light on the truth behind movement misconceptions. For example, if you have pain in a specific movement, it doesn’t mean that there’s damage or physical danger; it just means the nervous system correctly or incorrectly perceives a threat. Likewise, if your client is feeling slight pain, it doesn’t necessarily mean they need to stop the movement — consider your clients’ tolerance of the symptom instead and adapt the move as necessary.

Pelvic instability

About Raphael and Cloe:

Raphael Bender, CEO, Breathe Education

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

Cloe Bunter, Training Manager, Breathe Education

With 8+ years in the industry, both teaching Pilates and nurturing new instructors, Cloe is passionate about empowering new and seasoned instructors to think critically and move fearlessly. Empowered instructors empower their clients, and in turn, change lives.

She finds great joy in building connections with clients, students, colleagues, and the broader movement and rehab community. Co-hosting the Pilates Elephants Podcast, with Raphael Bender, has provided an incredible platform to bust common Pilates, movement, and rehab myths whilst creating a worldwide community of critical thinkers who are elevating health literacy.

Cloe is fascinated by movement in general, and its ability to enhance our lives, at any age. Her own movement practice includes Contrology/Pilates, running, weights, and kettlebells. She has a Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Cert IV in Pilates, and Cert IV in Training and Assessing.

How to Connect with Raphael and Cloe:

3 Myths About Posture in Pilates eBook:

  • You can find the eBook here

Pilates Instructor Training Resources:

  • The sacroiliac joint basically doesn’t move here and here and here
  • No evidence that relaxin is related to pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy here or here
  • When we think we’re palpating the movement of the SIJ, we’re mistaken here and here
  • No difference in mobility between painful and non-painful sacroiliac joints in women with pelvic pain here
  • NAF physio podcast with Adam Meakins and Amy Eicher here

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